In­clude SC/ST Act in Ninth Sched­ule: Stalin

Stalin urges Cen­tre to file re­view pe­ti­tion im­me­di­ately

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DMK work­ing pres­i­dent M.K. Stalin on Mon­day threat­ened to launch a se­ries of protests if the Cen­tre failed to in­clude the SC/ST (Preven­tion of Atroc­i­ties) Act in the Ninth Sched­ule of the Con­sti­tu­tion, which would put it be­yond ju­di­cial re­view.

DMK work­ing pres­i­dent M.K. Stalin on Mon­day threat­ened to launch a se­ries of protests if the Cen­tre failed to in­clude the SC/ST (Preven­tion of Atroc­i­ties) Act in the Ninth Sched­ule of the Con­sti­tu­tion, which would put it be­yond ju­di­cial re­view.

Ad­dress­ing a demon­stra­tion held in Chen­nai to con­demn the re­cent Supreme Court or­der bar­ring the im­me­di­ate ar­rest of per­sons ac­cused of com­mit­ting atroc­i­ties against Dal­its, Mr. Stalin urged the Cen­tre to im­me­di­ately file a re­view pe­ti­tion.

Shift­ing fo­cus

“We are fight­ing for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the court or­der in the Cau­very wa­ter shar­ing dis­pute. To­day, we are con­demn­ing the atro­cious Supreme Court or­der against the SCs/STs. The gov­ern­ment should ei­ther file a re­view pe­ti­tion or in­clude the Act in the 9th Sched­ule,” he said. Al­leg­ing that ev­ery State had been be­set by prob­lems since the BJP came to power at the Cen­tre, Mr. Stalin said had Tamil Nadu not been pre­oc­cu­pied with the Cau­very is­sue, the Supreme Court or­der [on the SC/ST Act] would have re­sulted in ma­jor un­rest in the State.

MDMK gen­eral sec­re­tary Vaiko and VCK leader Thol. Thiru­mavala­van were among those who par­tic­i­pated in the demon­stra­tion.

R. RAGU ■

Show of unity: DMK leader M.K. Stalin, VCK chief Thol. Thiru­mavala­van and MDMK leader Vaiko dur­ing a demon­stra­tion in Chen­nai on Mon­day.

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